‚It is only a matter of time before Pyeongyang and Washington call it an end to the state of war on the divided peninsula,‘ said President Moon Jae-in,… just a day before embarking on a tour around Europe, where Moon is expected to seek support for establishing permanent peace in Northeast Asia.
(28.9.2018) Given the Trump administration’s goal of a complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea during President Trump’s first term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is eager to maintain U.S.-North Korean engagement. As he prepares for upcoming discussions with the North Koreans, he is leaving one tool conspicuously on the table: the prospect of an official declaration to end the Korean War.
He went on to explain: “I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. They talked about 2021 when they were gathered there. So I was reiterating this as a timeline that they were potentially prepared to agree to.” Pompeo is set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday for nuclear negotiations, his first trip since an earlier one was canceled by Trump over a lack of progress.
South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.
The North Korea ball is thoroughly back in Washington’s court.
That was the message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday during a news conference in Seoul to cap a historic trip to Pyongyang.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
(24.8.2018) „Things will definitely get complicated if (and) when the diplomacy seriously stalls,“ said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Korea Risk Group. „There will definitely be those in (Seoul) who will be furious with the US.“
(30.8.2018) Investigative news outlet Vox cited „multiple sources familiar with the negotiations“ as saying Trump made the promise during his summit with Kim in Singapore in June.
The report said Trump made the promise and later qualified it by asking North Korea to dismantle most of its nuclear arsenal first.
It is important for the DPRK to improve the relations with the U.S. as soon as possible, but the former thinks that more pressing task is to handle the divided and confusion-ridden U.S. political landscape.
The present deadlock of the DPRK-U.S. relations demands a bold decision on the part of President Trump.
As President Trump admitted, the “fantastic meeting”, realized by no other president in the history of America, could come to success to be greatly cheered and welcomed by the world and American people because he acted with his own decision and will, not wavering by the opposition’s offensive nor blindly following his aides’ view.
North Korea on Tuesday reiterated its demand for the declaration of an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, the country’s leading Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported, amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s indication that he will most likely meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again.
The Rodong Sinmun of the ruling Workers‘ Party said in a commentary, „The declaration of an end to the war is a task that cannot be postponed in the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.“
When he met with representatives of political parties in Seoul on Thursday, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said that negotiations between the United States and North Korea have recently gained “speed,” with Mr. Pompeo planning to visit North Korea again, according to Yun So-ha, an opposition leader, who briefed reporters on the meeting.
On Thursday, Mr. Pompeo said his team was “continuing to make progress” with the North Koreans, and said he hoped that “we can make a big step here before too long.”
„It seems unlikely that a joint declaration to officially end the Korean War will materialize sometime soon. The South wants to see quick progress. But the United States, which holds the key, wants the North to specify a detailed timetable for dismantling its nuclear weapons,“ said Bong Young-shik, a North Korean expert at Seoul’s Yonsei University.
„We are asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization process. And to the U.S., we are asking that it show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked what his government thought about a possible impasse in denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
South Korea is urging the U.S. and North Korea to compromise with each other more quickly in order to secure a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
China has long said it’s willing to play a constructive role in the Korea peace process but it has been vague on the proposed war-ending declaration.
He skipped answers to the specific questions of whether there needs to be any precondition for the largely symbolic, legally non-binding declaration and China should be involved in the process.
He drew a line between the declaration and efforts to replace the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.
▪ South and North Korean generals to meet again next Tuesday ▪ Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense unveils its long-planned military reform scheme Friday ▪ Seoul’s unification minister discusses denuclearization, inter-Korean relations with U.S. Secy. of State ▪
Speaking to lawmakers at the National Assembly, she said the U.N. General Assembly session, to be held in New York in September, can be a chance for the ceremony but added that no specific moves have yet been made.
If realized, it would be a „political declaration“ aimed at facilitating the denuclearization of Korea, Kang said.
On Wednesday, the North’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed… making such declaration is a historic task that can’t be delayed any further. And the day before, the state-run Korean Central News Agency stressed… peace will begin only when the two Koreas declare an end to the Korean War… and that it’s regrettable the matter has not been resolved yet. The North’s media have also pressed South Korea to be more involved.
South Korea’s unification minister expressed optimism Tuesday over the possibility of formally ending the Korean War „within this year,“ saying relevant consultations involving the two Koreas and the United States are currently underway.
„I think it is possible,“ Cho Myoung-gyon told lawmakers in response to a question as to whether declaring an end to the 1950-53 war can take place within this year as agreed upon by the two Koreas.
The Armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, and was designed to „ensure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved.
An armistice ended the fighting on the peninsula 65 years ago, but not the war. The anniversary represents a symbolic target for the North’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea to sign the peace treaty they discussed during an historic summit at the border on Apr 27.
The ceremonies were often accompanied in Pyongyang by rallies, anti-US media coverage and other reminders of the war. This year, however, explicit anti-US messages disappeared from the media as well as the streets of the city on Monday. Pyongyang has also replaced images of missile launches and military formations on a prominent site outside the city train station with visuals of industry and agriculture.
Germany has been belatedly classified among the participating nations in the Korean War, as South Korea has added the European country to the list of countries that provided medical assistance during the 1950-53 war, government officials said Friday.
More than 35,000 Americans perished on the Korean peninsula between 1950 and 1953, in a fight that pitted the communist North Korea, backed by China and the Soviet Union, against the U.S. and United Nations-backed South.
The breakthrough reached between the U.S. and North Korea in Singapore on June 12 carries tremendous weight for surviving Korean War veterans and the families of those who were lost.
The veterans expressed their hopes for a united and peaceful Korean peninsula, while maintaining caution when it came to trusting the North Korean regime.
Asia’s key defense forum opened in Singapore on Friday, with North Korea’s nuclear issue high on the agenda, at a time when regional security faces a potential turning point.
The annual Shangri-La Dialogue comes amid cautious optimism about a historic breakthrough in efforts to denuclearize North Korea and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty.